LONDON, ENGLAND–As the 2018-2019 English Premier League (EPL) season kicks-off, five clubs are set to unveil new pitch lighting at their home grounds, significantly enhancing visibility, broadcast quality, energy efficiency, and the overall stadium experience for players and spectators.
“Using LED for the field-of-play lighting offers many benefits that previous light source technologies simply cannot,” said Jon Babbs, Stadium Director, Tottenham Hotspur. “We found the performance of Musco’s LED solution to be the best on the market. Their experience enabled them to customise virtually every aspect of the system’s luminaires, structural elements, and electrical components to meet our exact needs. We wanted the Club’s new stadium to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for players and fans, and this will be a big part of achieving that.”
This past summer five clubs, including Cardiff City FC, Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, had new LED lighting installed, continuing a growing trend among EPL clubs.
“Cardiff City would like to thank Musco for the fantastic achievement of delivering the new floodlighting system ahead of schedule which was some feat given the requirement to rewire the stadium using rope access teams. Their professional approach to a challenging installation is to be admired and the product and light rendering achieved surpasses our expectations and is a marked improvement to our original metal halide system,” says Cardiff City Director Steve Borley.
The transition to LED for field-of-play lighting at major stadiums and arenas has become more frequent in recent years, as advances with the technology have made it a cost-effective option. In that time, stadium owners also have discovered a wide disparity in how well different LED solutions perform. In some cases, clubs that had LED lights installed in just the past few years have already been forced to have them replaced due to problems with glare, unreliable performance, and failing to comply with necessary lighting and light-level specifications.
“We have had a number of challenges in getting our stadium to meet the Premier League’s compliance requirements. We engaged with Musco to find a lasting solution to the longstanding problem of lighting at St Mary’s. We want to provide our fans with the best possible experience, both at St Mary’s or at home, so we wanted to engage the market leaders and we have not been disappointed by the results. Following a very difficult working relationship with our previous supplier, we have found working with Musco an extremely straightforward and positive experience,” says Southampton’s Board member & Director of Legal & Risk Tim Greenwell.
Each of these five most recent EPL clubs to make the switch to LED conducted exhaustive, independent research comparing the performance of different manufacturer solutions, before all of them chose to partner with Musco Lighting. Musco’s Total Light Control – TLC for LED™ technology is distinctive in that it’s designed as a complete and highly-customised system, manufactured to meet each stadium’s exact needs based on their unique architectural and environmental features.
“At Southampton we are aware of the unique challenges posed by layout of our stadium. When our current service provider went into administration the club was determined to find a solution that met our requirements as well as those of our fans and the Premier League,” says Southampton’s Director of Operations John McWilliams. “We have struggled with a number of issues with our previous system, including glare, lux levels and uniformity. This meant that we looked at a number of different service providers and found Musco the most innovative and able to design a system that actually worked in our stadium. For us, working with experts to design, install and maintain a compliant, cost-effective and reliable system has been very refreshing.”
With the new LED lighting in place, Cardiff City, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton are poised to offer an enhanced stadium experience for players and fans. The system’s patented visoring virtually eliminates glare that non-shielded LED fixtures create, and its DMX integration allows individual fixtures to synchronise with music for cutting-edge light shows. Multi-zone aiming will greatly improve broadcast quality, and the system’s reliability and long-term warranty relieves the clubs from worrying about maintenance or paying to maintain the system.
“Since Wolves were last in the Premier League the floodlighting requirements have changed significantly, as a result we needed to completely replace ours. Musco were chosen as the preferred supplier following extensive research into their products and capabilities,” says Wolverhampton Head of Operations Steve Sutton. “The system is now fully installed and we are delighted with the end result, especially given the very tight timeframe they had to work to. We are very excited to now be able to deliver first class lighting with entertainment capability that will enhance the fan experience here at Molineux for years to come.”
This brings the number of EPL clubs that have had Musco’s LED system installed to 11, in addition to other iconic UK venues such as Twickenham Stadium, Manchester Arena, and Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
“Every venue is unique and has its own set of lighting, structural and electrical challenges. Our project design and installation teams take great pride in developing site specific solutions centred around Musco’s state-of-the-art LED lighting equipment,” says Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Musco. “We work closely with each stadium operator to assure all the details are covered and the EPL standards for illumination are met from day one. No doubt the fans will be enthused about the improved illumination for broadcast and the new ‘Show’ features of the LED lighting system.”
About Musco Lighting
Since 1976, Musco has specialised in sports, transportation and infrastructure lighting with innovations in light quality, glare reduction, and light control responsible to the needs of facility owners, users, neighbours, and the night sky. Musco’s TLC for LED™ system technology delivers a level of light control and uniformity that can’t be matched, and is the solution of choice for neighbourhood pitches, professional stadiums and arenas, international speedways, and global events such as the Olympic Games. Musco backs its LED solutions with a long-term warranty covering parts and labour, eliminating maintenance concerns and costs for its customers.